Calderon signing leaves another seat open for ovals, Kanaan set for Indy 500 drive, what the driver lineup now looks like

INDIANAPOLIS — AJ Foyt Racing confirmed early Monday morning that they’ll bring out a third full time entry for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR Series season. Tatiana Calderon will drive the No. 11 Chevrolet in all 12 road/street course races leaving the ride open for the other five ovals.

Also on Monday it was announced that Tony Kanaan will drive a fifth Chip Ganassi Racing car for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. That’s significant in that Ganassi had to go and get a fifth car (likely from Andrettis allotment of six from Indy last year) since Jimmie Johnson elected to run full time in the No. 48 Honda this season.

Originally, this multi-year deal was for Johnson to run all road/street courses and Kanaan taking over the seat on ovals. With Johnson taking on the entire schedule for his second season, they didn’t want to leave Kanaan out.

So, where do we stand?

Its down a third seat at AJ Foyt Racing, the third seat at Dale Coyne Racing (partnership with Rick Ware Racing) or whatever Juncos/Carlin does with that car. This is realistically it.

Cusick and Vasser Sullivan are looking for partners but VSR’s best destination to do so is with Chip Ganassi Racing and Tony Kanaan’s fifth car. Cusick has Stefan Wilson and could team with either Foyt or Juncos/Hollinger/Carlin which both dealings could put Hunter-Reay out of a ride. 

Chevrolet (16) – The only ones left with room

We know for Chevrolet, out of their 18 engines, 16 are definitely spoken for.

  • Team Penske (3) – Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Scott McLaughlin are back as they’re scaling down from four cars to three.
  • Arrow McLaren SP (3) – Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist are back full time. They’ll bring out a third car in 2023 on a full time basis but use it on a part-time role in 2022. Nico Hulkenberg tested for them this offseason but has no interest in the series anymore. Stoffel Vandoorne got his shot last month. No one else has been mentioned as in play yet.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing (3) – Rinus VeeKay is back in the 21. Conor Daly will be in the 20 while Ed Carpenter will be in the third seat for Indy.
  • AJ Foyt Racing (3) – Kyle Kirkwood will be in the 14 full time. Dalton Kellett will return to the seat of the 4 car. Tatiana Calderon will race the 11 car on all road/street courses with ovals being open. Do they get a fourth again for Indy?
  • Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2) – They’ll have two cars next May for Indy only and Sage Karam (No. 24) and Santino Ferrucci (No. 23) will drive them.
  • Juncos Hollinger Racing (1) – Callum Ilott will be in the car but there’s a strong indication that they’ll merge with Carlin here for a second entry.
  • Carlin (1) – They have a car and a team but need funding. Word is maybe the 59 works in house with Juncos Hollinger Racing as an alliance for a two car outfit which would bring Max Chilton in a return if he wants.
  • Top Gun (1) – They still have their car and looking to show up to more races than Indy in 2022 with RC Enerson.

Is Paretta back or was that a one off year? Is Foyt going to snag a third entry? There’s 2 engines here for the taking. Who gets them?




Honda (18) – Basically Maxed Out

  • Chip Ganassi Racing (5) – All five drivers (Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Kanaan) return but with Jimmie Johnson racing full time, they needed a fifth car for Tony Kanaan. That car and engine package comes from Andretti Autosport’s inventory of six that they had last year.
  • Andretti Autosport (5) – They’ll run four cars full time (Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi, Romain Grosjean and Devlin DeFrancesco) with Marco Andretti likely coming back to the Indy 500 again as a part time one off. With a lot of Honda expansion this offseason, Andretti is essentially capped at five cars for Indy next May.
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (3) – Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard make up this team as they’ll expand from two full time cars to three.
  • Dale Coyne Racing (3) – HMD Racing replaces Vasser Sullivan in the 18 ride and brings David Malukas with them. Rick Ware is back on the 51 Honda and will have Takuma Sato. The 52 seat is open.
  • Meyer Shank Racing (2) – Here’s another expansion with them growing to two full time cars now too. Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud) will drive them.

Alliances

  • Cusick – They’re after an alliance to team with someone to bring Stefan Wilson a ride again. They teamed with Andretti in 2021 for Wilson in the No. 25 Honda in the Indianapolis 500. They want more. Pairing with Foyt on a third entry or Juncos/Hollinger/Carlin is the only move left. 
  • Vasser Sullivan – Merging with a fifth Ganassi car is the most sense. If not there, Foyt is all that’s left. 
  • Carlin – It seems like they’ve already moved into Juncos’ building so expect this deal to get announced somewhat soon. They kicker here is, does Carlin stay involved?

Free Agent List

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Max Chilton

Ed Jones

Sebastien Bourdais (part time)

James Hinchcliffe (part time)

Charlie Kimball

Dan Ticktum

Stoffel Vandoorne

Linus Lundqvist

Spencer Pigot

Deals Already Done

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